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So what's so bad about socialism anyway?

It seems to me that this country has been atleast in part, a socialist country for many many years now. Welfare, food stamps, and medicaid are just some of the socialist programs that have already infiltrated our government. In my opinion, socialism isn't necessarily a horrible thing, if done correctly. We as a society should take care of the elderly, the young, and the disabled. But if you are an able bodied person, capable of working and contributing to society, you should not be allowed to sit on your ass and expect others to take care of you.



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my2.5boys

Asked by my2.5boys at 12:56 PM on Oct. 21, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Why should 5% of the population hold 95% of the wealth? I am all for working hard to get ahead, but seriously do you need to own a million dollar house? or do you need to own a half million dollar car? If people would start focusing more on what they need, and less on what they want, this would be a much better place to live.



    Information and technology should be shared freely and accessible to all people, not just the incredibly wealthy.
    my2.5boys

    Answer by my2.5boys at 12:56 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Who the hell are you to tell anyone what they should do with their money?? Where will the line be drawn with that one?? You have a 3 bedroom house, only 1 child. Sorry you have too much. You have to sell it and live in a 1 bedroom apartment. Stop being jealous and bust your ass if you want more money. ENVY IS NOT A PRETTY THING
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:58 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • There's really nothing wrong with it on paper. But people's greediness and passionate ideals would get in the way. It just wouldn't work in today's society.
    caitxrawks

    Answer by caitxrawks at 1:00 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • socialism itself is a great idea! honestly! the problem though is that once people get involved, the system is corrupt.

    welfare and other assistance programs are meant to help, and most people really do need them, but there are some that abuse they system and make everyone look down on people that receive the assistance.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:02 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • What ever happened to FREEDOM? You know, that little thing our country was founded on. If I make a million dollars a year I should be free to spend it how I choose. You want to take away our FREEDOMS? Move to china. Your stepping on what this country was founded on. We could redistribute all the money in this country and within 5-10 years, 5% would have 95% of the wealth back. Thats how it is. don't like it? Then fix your own life, and stop worrying about others that have more than you. Better yet, every payday from now on, give $50 of your check to a homeless man. And don't miss one payment. Even if your kid has no food or diapers, you still have more than that homeless man so he needs your money more.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:03 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • I don't need my hard earned money taken away by a gov. who wants to spread it around, and let the poor get their unfair share and still sit on their asses. If you are able to work, then get off the couch and get a job, don't take my hard earned money away!!!
    People with big houses are hard workers and are living the "american dream"

    Look at Europe the social gov. is falling apart. Remember those poor french minority kids rioting a couple of years ago? Look no further with social gov.
    dini1976

    Answer by dini1976 at 1:05 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Socialism is also part of the rich peoples money taken and put into the poor mans pocket. Takeing from the rich and giving to the poor. This is the part that I am sure many disagree with. But overall, the fundamentals of socialism are ideal.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:06 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • don't forget social security!
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 1:07 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Well first let's get the definition of socialism....
    Main Entry: so·cial·ism
    Pronunciation: \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\
    Function: noun
    Date: 1837
    1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
    2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
    3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

    Now, given the meaning...how do you think America would operate under a socialist/communist system?
    heavenschild99

    Answer by heavenschild99 at 1:11 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • AMEN heavenschild!!!!!!

    what a scary word!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:12 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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